August 30, 2012

Campus Survey: Tutor Pay 2012

By Nalini Lasiewicz, Registrar, Crossroads of Learning

A discussion among Southern California Writing Centers was launched recently by Kathleen Klompien, Ph.D., writing center coordinator at UC Channel Islands.  She opened the topic of tutor pay for tutors at higher ed institutions.  It generated many replies and I was struck by the wide range of pay and benefits, and the differences from one campus to another.

In more than one case, budget cuts have affected pay, eliciting this response for example “I used to be able to pay more but our budget was slashed 2 years ago – so I reduced the pay so we could remain open.”  Several responders were particularly interested in how to calculate raises such as “recorded reliability in work habits, and service to the Center that is above and beyond the call of duty–participating in conferences, presenting during staff meetings, etc.”

After speaking to Kathleen about the responses that she was collecting, we decided to pull the questions together into a survey and invite a larger group of institutions from across the country.  If you work at a college or university campus, public or private, I hope you will participate in this survey today and we will publish the results in the Fall.  Thank you so much, in advance, to all our Journal readers and Crossroads of Learning affiliates, students and supporters.

Filed under: Admin/Management,Research,Tutoring Practices

August 23, 2012

Detroit Public Schools tutoring program receives $1.5M from Lear

by Ryan Kelly, Crain’s Detroit Business, originally published 6/14/12

Southfield-based Lear Corp. will team with the Detroit Public Schools to launch a tutoring program at J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy that is worth up to $1.5 million over the next three years. The money will be used primarily to pay students from nearby East English Village Preparatory Academy, which opens this fall, minimum wage to tutor the younger classes of J.E. Clark. Lear expects to spend up to $500,000 a year on the project.

“When Roy (Roberts) took over as emergency manager, we asked how we could help,” said Lear CEO Matt Simoncini, a former student at Clark Academy. After watching his children get tutored successfully by accomplished older students, he said , he proposed to Roberts that they pay older DPS students to tutor younger ones.

“We’re always limited in terms of financial resources,” Roberts said, adding that he hesitated to OK the plan because of money. But Simoncini told him Lear would foot the bill as part of the company’s community outreach program, which uses a percentage of profits to fund charitable programs. The hope of Lear and DPS is that other companies follow suit and sponsor Detroit schools of their own.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Funding,K-8,Peer-Tutoring

August 15, 2012

College Prep Program Gets $2M Boost

by Raegan Medgie, WNEP, originally published on 6/19/24

More students from our area will have an opportunity to go to college thanks to some much-needed funding for a program that will help them get there. The program is called Upward Bound.  It’s offered at hundreds of colleges nationwide.  But at East Stroudsburg University, the program was on the verge of shutting down until some much-needed funding arrived this month. “Project Upward Bound is for low-income students whose parents did not graduate from college,” said Uriel Trujillo, the director of Upward Bound.

The program, which provides academic tutoring, is offered at hundreds of colleges nation-wide. Last year the program at East Stroudsburg University ran into money trouble and almost shut down. But then, earlier this month, ESU’s program received more than $2 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education. The money will keep the Upward Bound program going for five years.

That’s a good thing for Prabhjot Carrasco who started the program in eighth grade. She has her sights set on being the first in her family to go to college. “No only for high school, but for college as well. I saw that as a wonderful opportunity to go forward and start with my life there,” said Carrasco, an Easton High School Senior.

Every summer about 60 kids from the Upward Bound program spend a month at East Stroudsburg University. Not only are they taking classes, but they’re also learning very important life skills. “Not only academics, but it’s also taught me life skills, to get along with other people in different kinds of ways.  Not just hanging with one certain kind of group, but different kinds of people with different backgrounds,” said Carrasco.

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Filed under: Funding,Government

August 8, 2012

Reading Corps expands tutor ranks

by Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, originally published on 6/13/12

The Minnesota Reading Corps is looking to recruit up to 1,000 paid tutors next school year to help students statewide. The AmeriCorps federal service program is adding almost 300 tutoring positions — a reflection of the growing demand for literacy help. The program’s goal is to help all students become proficient at reading by the end of third grade, a critical point when students move from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

“Why we’re growing is because people are listening to today’s discussion on the achievement gap and they want to make an investment in a program that gets results,” said Kathy Saltzman, executive director of the Minnesota’s Reading Corps and a similar program for math. “We’re getting results.”

Statewide, about 80 percent of Reading Corps participants passed Minnesota tests in 2010-11 school year; the group’s goal was 78 percent. Specifically, 3,400 Corps participants passed the test, compared with 2,140 in 2009-2010. The Reading Corps estimates tutors will be in about 650 schools and preschools next year, up from 487 this year. The Minnesota Math Corps is also expanding and hopes to recruit an additional 125 tutors.

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Filed under: Government

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